Getting Martha on your arse

16 Nov

Decided to make my own vanilla extract. That’s what Martha Stewart would do, no? Yes. The answer is yes.
I did not do this because I want to be Martha. Although I want to be a guest on her show and make pie with her while she interviews me about my acting escapades.
I made this partially to use a vanilla bean before it got old, and partially because the generic artificial vanilla I’d been using sort of sucked.
This is simple. One bean is halved, scraped, and added to a jar. All of it, pod and scrapings. Heat up some vodka and pour over bean. Vodka and beans. Yum yum. Put a lid on it. Shake every day for a week. Here is the extract day one:

And day seven:

And the finished product, jarred(in the bottle the bean came in-I don’t like to waste):

Thoroughly worth working up a sweat for. Plus it looks like a weird science experiment on your kitchen counter. I felt the need to explain it to anyone who came over that week lest they think I was keeping dirty twigs in jars. THAT would be special.

What is the most interesting kitchen experiment you have ever made? Inquiring mind of Ellen wants to know.

9 Responses to “Getting Martha on your arse”

  1. Eleanor November 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    I’ve always sort of wanted to try this…very cool! I love the science experiment aspect. Another kitchen experiment I want to try but haven’t is to preserve lemons.

    • Ellen November 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

      Ooh, good one. One of these days I’ll have to try.

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. mom November 17, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    I am currently using vanilla extract that I made in exactly this way. Congrats!

  3. Sabrina November 18, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    I was just at Whole Foods buying spices yesterday and asked myself, “what in the world would I do with vanilla beans…”

    Now I know!

    The REAL question is – Whatchoo gonna make with it?

    • Ellen November 18, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

      Hmmmm, vanilla adds that soupcon of deliciousness to almost everything!

  4. Ameena November 19, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    I am suitably impressed! I can barely get myself to the store to buy vanilla so really, you’ve surpassed all of my expectations! 🙂

    • Ellen November 19, 2011 at 10:55 am #

      Thank you! Hehe, the way my life is going these days if it were a more involved process than picking up a jar and shaking it once a day, I doubt I’d have been up to the task:)

      Sent from my iPhone


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